Played by: Alan Arkin
In his very first film, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, Alan Arkin played one of the great communist villains of all time, Lt. Yuri Rozanov. This congenial commie is in charge of freeing a Russian spy submarine from a sandbar in New England after the Soviets get too close to the American coast. Armed with a thick accent and a mustache that would make Stalin green with envy, Arkin absolutely stole every scene he was in.
In the years since this movie hit theaters, communists were always treated as cardboard bad guys without a single funny bone in their body, and that’s why The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming still stands out. It treats the overly-serious Cold War with a humorous touch, which wins in the film and lands Arkin on this list.